UConn hired former NFL coach Jim L. Mora as its new head coach.
Mora will work as an assistant coach till November 28 to get more familiar with the various functions including recruitment. He will officially take over as head coach after the Huskies’ last match of the season.
“Jim is a declared winner, a man of integrity, and has the experience and energy to make our football program a success again,” sporting director David Benedict said in a statement.
Mora last trained in 2017 UCLA and was with Atlanta Falcons And Seattle Seahawks working. The husband’s soon-to-be head coach is “excited about the opportunity”.
“This event is full of potential and I look forward to meeting and working with the student athletes on the team,” Mora said.
The 59-year-old will replace Randy Edsall, who stepped down as head coach in September.
Mora scored 46–30 while at UCLA but was dismissed after several disappointing seasons. The former Bruins coach began his tenure by playing one bowl game in each of his first four seasons. However, the last two seasons ended with a 9–14 record, which resulted in his sacking.
He had a similar time with the Falcon. Mora led Atlanta to the playoffs in his freshman year with the franchise after posting an 11–5 record in 2004. He could not win more than eight games over the next two seasons, before being fired by the Falcons after the 2006 season.
Mora later spent a season as head coach of the Seahawks in 2009, which he finished with a 5–11 record. He has a 31-33 record in the NFL.
UConn is currently in the middle of another disappointing season with a 1-8 record. The Huskies have not won more than three games in a season since 2015.
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